New Zealand in England 2013

Ronchi picked in New Zealand one-day squad

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April 5, 2013

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Luke Ronchi drives through the off side, New Zealand XI v England XI, Twenty20, Whangarei, February 5, 2013
Luke Ronchi was born in New Zealand, grew up in Australia, and now plays for Wellington © AFP
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Luke Ronchi, the former Australia wicketkeeper, has earned his first call-up to a New Zealand squad after being picked for the one-day series against England and the Champions Trophy in June. Daniel Vettori also made a return after eight months out of international cricket with an ankle injury, selected in the one-day side.

There were few surprises in New Zealand's Test squad for the England tour, with opener Martin Guptill and fast bowler Mark Gillespie, both returning from injuries, added to the group that featured in the recent home series against England. With Gillespie's return, seamer Ian Butler misses out, the only omission from those home Tests.

Fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan, who was ruled out after the first game of the one-day series against England after suffering a side strain, returns to the one-day side. He had been quite effective in the one game he played, taking 4 for 56 though he could not complete his quota of overs. Guptill had been injured in the same match, pulling a hamstring.

Gillespie last played for New Zealand a year ago, in the home Test series against South Africa. He then injured his ankle, before gaining a call-up for the T20 series in South Africa in December, only to pick up a side strain and miss out further.

Batsman Hamish Rutherford and keeper BJ Watling are the ones to miss out from the home England ODIs. New Zealand lost that series 2-1, before going on to draw the three-Test series 0-0.

Their tour of England includes two Tests, starting on May 16, followed by three ODIs. That is followed by Champions Trophy between June 6 and 23. Following the Champions Trophy, before they return home, New Zealand play two T20s against England.

Test squad Brendon McCullum (capt), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Peter Fulton, Martin Guptill, Mark Gillespie, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wk), Kane Williamson

ODI Champions Trophy squad Brendon McCullum (capt), Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Andrew Ellis, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson

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Posted by The-Stoat on (April 9, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

I know having all-rounders is what New Zealand traditionally did well or ODIs, but having Franklin, Ellis AND Elliott? Is this just backup in case either a bowler or a batsman gets injured? I would also say Matt Henry is a little unlucky not to get a call up.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

Yes, why is Vettori not in the test squad? I thought he was giving away the limited-overs stuff.

And why is Guptill in the test squad? His record is not a good one.

Posted by SameOld on (April 7, 2013, 22:54 GMT)

@Min200 (and others who asked about Gillespie): Perhaps his age is the best reason to take him. It's a very young crew of seamers, and maybe the management have noticed them doing better with an older guy around to add a bit of experience to the group, even if not playing. Gillespie is also one of those bowlers that can make things happen, and that's valuable in the five day game.

I've enjoyed watching NZ bowl lately, but mostly because of Boult & Southee. A more incisive 3rd seamer might be able to prise open the cracks these two expose when they both get their lengths right (which happily, seems to happen more and more often lately). Maybe English conditions will agree with Wagner &/or Bracewell, and this is all academic. I'm not even sure who is incumbent between those two at the moment. The selectors sure have some thinking to do. It'll be interesting to see what answers they come up with. Bring on the next series!

Posted by ygkd on (April 7, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

@TraderGrim - Hughes went to South Australia. Khawaja and Forrest went to Queensland.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

Where's Vettori in the test squad? Surely he automatically comes back in? He's back in the ODI squad for the Champions Trophy so he can't still be injured.

Posted by Min2000 on (April 7, 2013, 2:00 GMT)

I'm happy with these squads.

The test team finally looks settled. With Fulton and Rutherford a certainty to open the selectors will have to think about giving Guptill a shot in the middle order. Obviously Brownlie hasn't done much wrong, but Guptill is a player that could play a lot of shots coming in at 5 against tiring bowlers.

Why take an aging workhorse like Gillespie as the backup seamer? With Southee, Boult, Bracewell and Wagner more likely to start it seems like this might be an opportunity to let a young quick like a McClenaghan carry the drinks at Lords and Headingly.

NZL XI for the Lord's test - Rutherford, Fulton, Williamson, Taylor, Guptill, McCullum (Capt), Watling (WK), Martin, Bracewell, Southee, Boult.

Posted by TraderGrim on (April 7, 2013, 1:40 GMT)

Phil Hughes used to play for New South Wales and now plays for Queensland - that"s even worse than playing for more than one country ...

Posted by Papamoa542 on (April 7, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

ODI team 1.guptill 2.ronchi 3.williamson 4.taylor 5.munro just. (should be bj) 6.mccullum 7.vettori 8.mccullum 9.southee 10.mills 11.mcclenaghan.

go with 5 bowlers bringing franlkin or elliot not the way to go.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2013, 23:20 GMT)

Good on him, clearly wasn't going to make it in the Aussie team so his made the move too try & get some international cricket before he retires

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (April 6, 2013, 21:11 GMT)

@ yetigoat neesham is much better than you suggest he just hasn't had the oppotunity to shine yet. In my opinion he could bowl first or second change, has alot of variations and could bat as high as 7 in the order, he hits the ball very hard, if you look at his stats for otago they are quite impressive, a great finisher at the end of an innings. While i didn't have him in my playing XI, he should definately be in the mix and in my opinion is a odi and t20 star in the making.

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